developing and connecting along the whole educational journey for every child

Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki, The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa all describe principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes to support continuity of learning for each child as they transition through their learning pathway.

Educators in Kāhui Ako will be able to use the updated Te Whāriki to build shared understandings about valued learning, what progress looks like and how they will design their local curriculum with their parents and whānau to meet the needs of their children.

How this tool could be used

The updated Te Whāriki will be available online and in hard copy from early 2017.

Introductory workshops and webinars begin in May. Further webinars will be available from June to September to enable Kāhui Ako to engage with Te Whāriki and use it to help develop their local curriculum.

Curriculum champions will support local networks and pedagogical leaders to undertake inquiries to improve curriculum design and learning continuity across children’s learning transitions.

Related tools

The Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Local Curriculum Design Smart Tool:

  • will use the updated Te Whāriki to support Kāhui Ako to plan coherent pathways and community-based learning experiences.
  • A new portal, Te Hono, will be available on TKI when Te Whāriki is released with additional tools and resources for educators.
  • Go to the existing version of Te Whāriki  

Action planning ideas

  • Consider how the early learning curriculum links to the schooling curriculum – what are the key links that Kāhui Ako need to make to ensure seamless pathways?
  • Review the information that travels with children throughout their education journey – how do educators across settings share their knowledge about children and what their expectations are of each other?
  • Collaborate with parents and whānau so that they contribute their knowledge and aspirations to local curriculum design and effective transitions.

Where to find out more

More information about early learning 
For further information about the updated Te Whāriki, contact Nancy Bell, Director, Early Learning

Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map

This tool will help your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako progress within Domain 4 of the Development Map: Pathways developing and connecting along the whole educational journey for every child, particularly the ‘Integrating the learning Pathways’ and ‘Supporting Transitions’ categories.